HC Deb 16 December 1960 vol 632 cc93-4W
Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Secretary to the Treasury if he will set out in tabular form the total wages, gross profits, and dividends, respectively, as a percentage of the gross national product, for the years 1913, 1924, 1938, 1946, and on the latest possible date; and if he will give on a similar basis figures for manufacturing industry, the engineering industry, services, and all other industries.

Mr. Barber

The information asked for in the first part of the Question is not available for any year before 1938. The figures for 1938, 1946 and 1959 are given in the table below.

Percentage of gross national product
1938 1946 1959
Income from employment(1) 58 65 67
Gross trading profits of companies 13 17 16
Ordinary dividends 7 4 4
(1) Wages and salaries, Forces' pay and employers' contributions to the National Insurance and National Health schemes and to private superannuation funds, etc.

The analysis between industries asked for in the second part of the Question is not at present available for years earlier than 1948 or later than 1958, nor is it available for dividends for any year. The figures for 1948 and 1958 are given below.

Percentage of gross national product
1948 1958
Income from employment: Total 65 66
Manufacturing industries 21 23
of which: Engineering 8 9
Distribution and other services 14 14
All other industries 30 29
Gross trading profits of companies: Total 17 15
Manufacturing industries 11 10
of which: Engineering 3 3
Distribution and other services 4 4
All other industries 2 1